Every year at the beginning of September some local historic buildings are open to the public for free and every year I seem to have problems with the council and the various websites promoting this.
I have tried to pre-empt the problem this year by phoning up the council officer in charge of promoting this and hopefully we will get a complete list published on the council’s tourism website.
Having given up trying to find some of the buildings I expected or knew to be taking part I phoned the council’s last remaining council run tourist information office, this is in the Droit House in Margate.
I have had strong words with council today about what happens when you dial their number, so I am hoping for a change, here is the number 01843 577577 having listened to the usual load of twaddle, you are then asked to press 1, 2, 3 and so on, where in most cases you get another series of twaddle followed by the thing hanging up on you. Pressing option one or six gets you through to a human being at the time of writing.
As an adept at using the Visit Thanet website, this is what I can find there at the moment.
Sat 8 Sep 2012
Tue 11 Sep 2012
The main opening that I know of that isn’t mentioned is Sunday 9th. September 2012 the Montefiore Synagogue and Mausoleum Open from 9.30am to 2.00pm.
No council owned buildings seem to be taking part in this international event, I guess many of the major council owned public buildings in Ramsgate are derelict and would require hard hats, this does make you wonder about the others in the rest of Thanet, Northdown House and the Tudor House spring to mind.
Next the vertigo part and what historic buildings you can visit for nothing.
At Quex Park Birchington you can visit The Round Tower, not sure if you can go far enough up this to experience vertigo.
At St Laurence Church you can go up the tower.
At The Grange you can go up the tower.
The high point though is going up the tower of St Georges Church in Ramsgate.
Here are the pictures from last year.